The New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is a document intended to guide national and local policies on the growth and development of cities through 2036. Nearly 170 countries adopted the New Urban Agenda in October, 2016 at the U. N.’s Habitat III summit on cities in Quito, Ecuador.

  • Scroll down below to see all of Citiscope’s ongoing coverage of how nations, regions and cities are implementing the New Urban Agenda.
  • For background, read Citiscope’s explainers on the New Urban Agenda and Habitat III.
  • Find all of Citiscope’s coverage from the Habitat III conference in Quito here.
Five views on what the former Portuguese prime minister needs to focus on as he takes over as head of the United Nations.
Gregory Scruggs January 10, 2017
Marching orders came as the General Assembly formally adopted the Habitat III strategy.
Gregory Scruggs January 9, 2017
Through the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, countries have committed to ending children’s unequal access to basic services. Yet delivering on this pledge will require a deep shift in how we plan and govern cities.
Samantha Cocco-Klein January 9, 2017
Two new courses, including a free online class open to anyone, take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to build better cities.
Carlin Carr January 6, 2017
Key will be moving beyond aspiration to focus on specific implementation mechanisms and road maps for action.
Teresa Ribera January 5, 2017
Policymakers will be pushed to recognize the importance of tenure reforms in cities, analysts say. Such processes also can do much to stem rural migration to cities.
Gregory Scruggs December 15, 2016
ANALYSIS | Spatial thinking does not have a high profile in the Habitat III strategy. That’s concerning.
December 13, 2016
That’s a problem. For the Habitat III strategy to work, we need each city dweller to become an activist for change.
Debra Roberts December 12, 2016
Urban policy key to turning the corner from 50 years of civil war, policymakers and advocates say.
Maria Clara Valencia December 9, 2016
ANALYSIS | New tools are helping local authorities adopt a ‘systems approach’ to understanding the full scope of their resource use — and to figure out efficiencies.
December 2, 2016
Even rich countries will struggle to monitor progress and inform policymaking. But momentum is picking up to fill this gap.
Brendon Bosworth November 30, 2016
A post-Marrakech interview with ICLEI’s Yunus Arikan.
Gregory Scruggs November 25, 2016
La estrategia adoptada en Hábitat III podría generar una tracción política clave para ayudar a los gobiernos a integrar mejor su política urbana con la rural.
Gregory Scruggs November 22, 2016
The Habitat III strategy could see key political traction in helping governments better integrate urban and rural policy.
Gregory Scruggs November 22, 2016
Implementing the Habitat III strategy will be complicated, but researchers can play a key role in formulating policy centred on people rather than profit.
Philipp Horn November 21, 2016
Implementar la estrategia adoptada en Hábitat III será complicado, pero los investigadores pueden desempeñar un papel clave en la formulación de políticas centradas en la gente más que en la rentabilidad.
Philipp Horn November 21, 2016
Where does the United Nations see mayors fitting into the new implementation discussion on climate and sustainable cities? An interview with David Nabarro, the secretary-general’s special adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Gregory Scruggs November 15, 2016
Vincular la formulación de políticas y la Nueva Agenda Urbana con los acuerdos recientes sobre el cambio climático y la reducción del riesgo de desastres constituye una estrategia para financiar las inversiones más prioritarias en las ciudades intermedia.
David Jackson November 14, 2016
Linking policy-making and the New Urban Agenda with recent agreements on climate change and disaster risk reduction offers a strategy for financing the critically needed investments in today’s fast-growing intermediate cities.
David Jackson November 14, 2016
Seis pensadores trazan caminos hacia un desarrollo urbano inclusivo.
November 9, 2016
Six thinkers chart a path toward inclusive urban development.
November 9, 2016
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